FACE OF NAMIBIA’S BUDDING VINTAGE CRAZE

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Photograph: Harness Hamese and Lukas Amakal

Meet Lourens Loux Gebhardt: internal auditor by trade, fashion designer and stylist by choice, and well-groomed gentleman for life. Also known as Loux the Vintage Guru. Born in the capital city of Windhoek, Namibia. He was once told by his grandfather that fashion is what you adopt when you don’t yet know who you are, make sure you are always well-dressed, and Loux kept his words of advice with him all these years.

loux 6article-2552293-1B363E5C00000578-418_634x927He has developed his passion for the art of op-shopping and styling, which is sitting on the verge of igniting a fashion revolution in Africa. Loux has only worn vintage (or his own designs), namely a three-piece suit. Through his blog and his intoxicating presence as he strolls around town dressed to the nines, he is inspiring the youth of Namibia to do the same. He proclaims himself as someone with a liberation of creative expression and influence on the sense of fashion. Loux whips vintage clothes from his grandfather and father’s generation and adds his modern hint to them with novelty patches, pins, or a pair of sneakers.

 loux 3loux 1He is now collaborating with Khumbala, a group of stylists and designers from Johannesburg, to launch a street-style website that seeks to inspire Africans to step out in style and introduce them to the merits of vintage fashion. The collaboration is known as LIA (Love is African).

He shares his gift of style when seeking out vintage clothing and dressing for success as his daily routine with others. If he continues making waves with the art of thrift shopping and styling as he is, he may be on the verge of sparking a fashion revolution in Africa.

Apart from being inspired by his grandfather, Loux is also inspired by two of his icons Mr. Sam Lambert an Angola designer  and Mr. Shaka Maidoh stylist and visual designer, both are the founders of Art Comes First (ACF)

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF LOUX THE VINTAGE GURU

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